Dazzling front yard provides year-round color while utilizing run-off from roof via water collection from downspouts via the dry creek beds. Meanwhile, back yard fosters serene Zen-like sense with rambling gravel walkway from patio to master bedroom.
Even the small side area off the driveway can provide interesting color from plants nestled beneath the existing Japanese maple and ornamental plum trees using hydrangeas, heucheras (coral bells) and Santa Barbara sage
Ornamental sedge hints of natural water (while not needing much); lantanas bring pops of bold color (New Gold and white); and dwarf butterfly bush brings even more wanted winged visitors (butterflies and hummingbirds)
Closer look at back path from patio to bedroom shows using gravel rather than traditional crushed granite to achieve a Zen-like affect, lined with Tinkerbell agapanthus leading to the specimen
Oshio Beni Red-leaf Japanese Maple
Dry creek lazily makes its way across yard to deeper basin as it gathers precious (and sometimes problematic) additional water in the wetter season